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CMA must balance speed with public interest, says CMA official

The UK’s competition authority is “really conscious” of balancing the speed of its merger control processes and the public interest, a CMA official said.

04 December 2019

Young enforcers discuss obstacles to cooperation

Officials from antitrust authorities in Croatia and Romania have noted their surprise at the informality of exchanges between their agencies and well-established enforcers.

03 December 2019

Jenny: Globalisation created “fragmented” competition regimes

Globalisation has resulted in “complex and fragmented legal orders”, which in turn reduces the benefits that a global economy provides, the head of the Organisation for Cooperation and Development’s competition committee has said.

26 November 2019

Leniency unsuccessful in Kenya, says authority head

Kenya’s leniency regime is ineffective because companies distrust government bodies and are reluctant to “snitch”, the head of its antitrust authority has said.

26 November 2019

OECD and UNCTAD officials tout benefits of cross-border cooperation

Two officials from intergovernmental bodies have advocated for increased international cooperation among enforcers, especially as more developing countries enact competition law regimes.

25 November 2019

Small enforcers should play a role in digital debate, Ukraine head says

The competition community should not discount small enforcers from the digitalisation debate, the head of Ukraine’s competition authority has said.

25 November 2019

German lawyer decries courts’ reliance on economic experts

German courts should not rely too heavily on economic experts when deciding the scope of cartel damages, a Gleiss Lutz partner has said.

20 November 2019

“Killer acquisitions” raise distinct concerns, says ACCC lawyer

A senior lawyer in the mergers unit at Australia’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted features that make certain deals in innovative sectors receive greater scrutiny.

14 November 2019

Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say

The line between permissible information exchange and collusion is not as clear cut as many businesses and trade associations would prefer, lawyers from Europe, North America and Asia have said.

13 November 2019

Ex-chief US DOJ economist sees “crisis in antitrust”

A former chief economist for the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has called out competition authorities – particularly her old agency – for both substantive and procedural failings.

12 November 2019

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